Riddled with guilt over the death by overdose of his rock star older brother, 16-year-old David Forrester (Raviv Ullman) becomes obsessed with death, leading his misguided parents to send him to Driftwood, an attitude-adjustment camp for troubled youths run by the sadistic Captain Doug Kennedy (Diamond Dallas Page) and his brutal young henchman, Yates (Talan Torriero). Once there, David becomes haunted by the spirit of Jonathan (Connor Ross), a former inmate who met a mysterious end, and a mystery whose resolution could very well be David's only way out.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Driftwood is presented and promoted as a horror movie with psychological elements, and while this is true, it undersells what is an effective psycho thriller, less about gore and horror, more about story and character. The plot is well developed and has some fresh elements, driven by dramatic propellants.
Raviv Ullman does a great job as David, the youngster whose guilt had driven him to be unmanageable; in fact, all he did was voice his death wish, and his parents sent him to Driftwood, where they hoped he could be controlled. Diamond Dallas Page, ex wrestler turned actor, makes a highly effective baddie as the muscle that runs the Driftwood establishment with a secret agenda - not to mention a hidden crime. Baelynn Neff plays his daughter, Myra, who seduces David - but she, too, has an agenda. Neff is terrific.
Good, strong work, also, from David Eigenberg as the unorthodox bully teacher, and fine support from the youngsters who are David's fellow inmates.
The supernatural elements are kept to a fleeting minimum, just enough to suggest the spooky otherworld from which the dead come calling.
Published August 14, 2008
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DRIFTWOOD: DVD (MA)
CAST: Raviv Ullman, Diamond Dallas Page, Talan Torriero, David Eigenberg, Jeremy Lelliott, Baelynn Neff, Frankie Levangie, Connorr Ross, Cory Hardrict, David Skyler, Shahine Ezell, John Walcutt, Lou Beatty jr, Kim Morgan Green, Russell Sams, Lin Shaye, Marc McClure
PRODUCER: Chris Kobin, Robert Engelman, Barry Levine, Bud S. Smith, Mike Richardson
DIRECTOR: Tim Sullivan
SCRIPT: Tim Sullivan, Chris Kobin
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Steve Adcock
EDITOR: M. Scott Smith
MUSIC: William Ross
PRODUCTION DESIGN: John Mott
RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes
PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 2.0
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Beyond
DVD RELEASE: August 13, 2008